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Pattern Reviews> LaFred> 108 (Helena Dress)

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Posted on:10/9/02 1:44 AM
Last Updated:11/26/03 7:43 PM


Review Rating: Very Helpful by 3 people   
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said...
Ann, that dress is stunning on you! My goodness, what a lovely advertisement for this pattern......reaching for my list. :)
10/9/02 1:53 AM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
said...
Very nice Ann, your a knockout in this one too!
10/9/02 5:19 AM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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The fabric was perfect. You look like one of the "beautiful people" in People magazine!
10/9/02 6:05 AM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Thanks for the review. I own this pattern, too. Your dress is so beautiful, I will take this pattern on the top of my "to do list".
10/9/02 6:12 AM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Ann, it's just beautiful!
10/9/02 8:31 AM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Ann, what a lovely dress! Thanks so much for the review and photo. I'm going to make this dress up for holiday parties and your comments will be very helpful.
10/9/02 9:57 AM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Gorgeous dress! The fabric is stunning...I've used rayon knit and it "grew" terribly. Did you have this problem?
10/9/02 11:19 AM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Ann, this looks SO much better ON you than the pattern pictures make it look! Really lovely!
10/9/02 12:01 PM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Deb, I tried to be very careful with the fabric as I worked with it. I used fusible stay tape at shoulders and sleeve hems and clear elastic at the drop waist seam. It was verrrry long when I had it all together so I think it grew in length. This may be partly why the underarms were so low.
10/9/02 1:58 PM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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What a great dress you made up!! Is the fabric called Lava by Fabric.com? Thank you for your review.
10/9/02 2:03 PM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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M&M, Yes that is "Lava Swirl" recently from Fabric.com.
10/9/02 2:08 PM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Hurrah! Hurrah! The fans go wild! What a great and unexpected match of pattern and fabric.
10/9/02 3:23 PM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Ann, this is a lovely garment. I do think, though, that your characterization of your sewing skills as "intermediate" is way too modest! You seem to have a real knack for choosing the right fabric for the right pattern. And your color and style choices work so well for your coloring and figure. I've really enjoyed your reviews and the photos.
10/9/02 7:03 PM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Ann, your dress is wonderful! Is the pattern for knits only?
10/9/02 8:04 PM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Teri, yes...stretch knits only
10/9/02 9:21 PM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Ann, I just saw this made up in the sleeveless version at the Sewing Expo in Raleigh. The hem was finished by simply cutting with a wavy rotary blade. It was beautiful! Between it and your review I decided I had to have the pattern and will make it up for DILs' 50th wedding aniv. celebration. How did you do your hem? I'm thinking I'll do a roll edge but would like your comments. Thanks.
10/13/02 10:01 PM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
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Rennie, I just returned from a trip. Sorry for the delay in replying. I used a bias fusible stay tape, stitched to the raw edge of the hem (fusible side up). Then iron up the hem (5/8") and topstitch. Worked great on this knit.
10/18/02 0:45 AM Click here if you wish to edit your comment
Tina C said...
Ann, I always love seeing your projects but I'm starting to hate Ofoto. I can't see the dress!
11/26/03 8:52 PM
Linda E. said...
Ann I can't see they picture either would love to see it sounds great.
11/26/03 9:01 PM
Ann Smith said...
Tina and Linda E: you should be able to see the dress now as I changed it to the PR album. Don't know why it is so blurry in the small picture on the page but when you click on it, the larger photo is clear.
11/27/03 0:45 AM
Doris Stewart said...
Well done! I love it - another to add to my wish list :-)
11/27/03 8:33 AM
Chandra said...
Ann - I love that fabric! I never would have thought of using something like that before seeing your picture. It looks great!
11/28/03 11:43 AM
 
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